Lofoten Islands, Norway - Dave Banks

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About this Site
About Myself
Camera Equipment


About this Site

This website contains pictures that I have taken, as I visit, hill walk or mountain bike in Scotland. It was originally created as a project to learn html/javascript. Most of the code was hand written. Later in version 2, the website was modified and JAlbum was used to generate the html pages for the thumbnails and image viewing. This improved the usability of the website considerably, but a lot of code modification was required to get JAlbum to work the way I wanted, which meant updating the website with new images required a lot more work compared with version 1. Version 3 of the website, with its improved thumbnail gallery, greatly simplifies adding new images to each gallery. The photo details are added to a control file, and the webpage is automatically generated via a script run on a Solaris server. As the code is all my own, no customisation is required.

The gallery has been sub-divided up along the lines of the old Regional Council boundaries. Each region has its own gallery as do the islands, even though some were technically part of a Regional Council.

The website is best viewed with a screen resolution of 1280 x 1024 and your monitor correctly adjusted using the gamma image below.


If your monitor is adjusted correctly, you should see 26 squares of varying shades above. If not, you should adjust your monitor for brightness and contrast.

The Links page contains links to some useful sites I have used in my travels.

A selection of images are available for purchase.

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About Myself

Born in 1966 and living in Perth, with my cat Kato, I work as a Senior Solaris Systems Administrator and Storage Area Network Engineer. Before becoming a Solaris Systems Administrator, I worked as a Software Engineer and still use these skills to develop my websites.

It was through work that I got introduced to hill walking, as several of my colleagues are keen hill walkers. I have been interested in photography from an early age, and combining this with hill walking got me started in landscape photography. I tend to do more mountain biking than hill walking these days.

I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures, and maybe they will encourage you to visit the locations where they were taken. If you can suggest any places to visit, then I would be happy to hear from you.

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Camera Equipment

My main cameras since 1984, were a Minolta X-700 and a Minolta XD-7 with 17mm and 20mm ultra-wide angle, 24-35mm, 35-135mm and 100-300mm zoom lenses. All lenses are genuine Minolta lenses. Polarising, graduated grey and neutral density filters are used as required. A Minolta SRT 303b, which used to be my Dads camera, was also occasionally used.

The manual focus kit went into semi-retirement when I purchased 2 Minolta 800Si bodies in 2005. They were used with a Tamron 19-35mm and Minolta 28-105mm and 75-300mm lenses.

Most shots were taken on Fuji Sensia II 100 ASA film. Agfa CTX100 and Kodachrome 64 was also used in the past.

In 2007, I moved onto digital, buying a Minolta 7D as I could use the lenses for the 800Si's. I also purchased a Sigma 400mm lens, and on the 7D with its 1.5x cropping factor it was ideal for bird photography. The 1.5x cropping factor was a bit of a problem with the landscape photography, so for really wide angle shots, I still continued to use the 800Si's. I also started stitching the images from the 7D to make the panoramas. This opened up a whole new avenue to me. I have also experimented with HDR photography. I still have all my manual focus Minolta kit, but it isn't used anymore.

In 2009, I sold off all the auto-focus Minolta kit and purchased a Canon 1D Mk II. With its 1.3x cropping factor, this was a good compromise for landscape work and is still better than 35mm for bird photography. I use 16-35mm, 24-105mm and 70-200mm Canon lenses. In 2011, I purchased a full frame Canon 1Ds as a backup camera to 1D and to use where the cropping factor of the 1D was an issue with landscape work. This was replaced in 2014 with a 1Ds Mk II. The Mk II was subsequently replaced in 2016 with a 1Ds Mk III, as the 1D Mk II became the backup camera and the 1Ds became the camera of choice.

A Panasonic GF1 with a 14-42mm lens was also used when travelling light was essential, as the 1D Canon's are too heavy for the likes of hillwalking or mountain biking. Due to the high cost of wide angle lenses, this was replaced in 2013 with a Canon 100D with an 18-55mm lens. It is still small and light enough for travelling light, and it allows me to use the lenses from the other cameras. With its 1.6x cropping factor and attached to a 100-300mm lens, it is ideal for bird photography as well. With its low noise sensor, and a 10-22mm ultra-wide angle lens, it is also ideal for night time photography. Later, a Canon EOS-M was purchased for taking out with the mountain bike when space in the rucksack is limited, but photo opportunities require more than a point and shoot camera. With an EOS-M to EOS adapter, it can use the lenses from the other cameras as well.

A Sony HX9V is carried in my pocket at all times, as you never know what you may see.

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